April 30 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and
responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general
public about the potential for abuse of medications.
LifeScience Moment: University of California, Berkeley plant pathologist planted potato tubers treated with the ice-minus bacterium.
On April 29, 1987, University of California, Berkeley plant pathologist Steven Lindow field-tested genetically altered Pseudomonas syringae
(known as “ice minus” bacteria) as a frost-preventive on potatoes in the Tulelake, California area.
Also in 1987, Advanced Genetic Sciences, a pioneering agricultural biotechnology company headquartered in Oakland, California, sprayed
Frostban on an acre of strawberry plants in Brentwood, CA, marking the first release of genetically altered bacteria in the U.S.
Advanced Genetic Sciences developed Frostban as a bacterial-based treatment capable of reducing frost damage to fruit and nut crops.
On the morning of the trial, the researchers found most of the strawberry plants uprooted, the work of a an activist group. in May, vandals
uprooted about 3,000 potato plants that were part of a Frostban field trial.
The controversy surrounding these trials subsequently drove the development of federal regulatory policy.
Life Science Evolution...
It's a Small World
Corn Grain Tissue
"Science and art belong to the whole world, and before them vanish the barriers of nationality."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German poet